KKK Endorses Trump: “Make America Great Again”
Friends of Padre Steve’s World,
Let’s be honest. There is no argument of moral equivalency between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Since he announced his candidacy in 2015 Trump has appealed to the basest racism and nativism of his supporters. Those hard core racists have been at the core of his campaign from the beginning and include some of his closest advisors.
But then there are others, mainly traditional conservatives, but especially “Christian” conservatives, who have sold their sold their souls to support Trump simply because they hate Hillary Clinton. I understand that because from 1992 until 2001 I was one of them. I hated her, mostly because of listening to Rush Limbaugh non-stop and keeping a steady diet of Fox News and other supposedly “conservative” news outlets. But that began to change well before I left the GOP in 2008. I discovered that she was a brilliant woman who could work across the aisle for the benefit of all Americans, the same thing men like Republican Senator Lindsey Graham discovered when working with her in the Senate.
But today’s endorsement of Trump by the KKK, not to mention the deep support that Trump enjoys among neo-Nazis, the Alt-Right, and other overtly racist and fascist groups should be a warning to anti-Hillary conservatives and especially conservative or Evangelical Christians. And I would ask what exactly do you stand for if you support Trump? Please tell me because as a Christian, as a man who is a 35 year military combat veteran, and who was a Republican for 32 years from 1976 until 2008 I really want to know. Please don’t say that it’s lower taxes because under Trump you will pay more of them and get less for what you put in and even according to the CATO Institute, Trump’s “tax plan” will cause the deficit to explode. Please don’t say that it’s less government, because Trump is planning to expand Federal police powers beyond anything ever imagined.
So, ignore every other thing about Trump, and ask yourself this question, especially if you are African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Jewish, or even LGBTQ: “can you own this?” and “could you imagine living in that kind of America?”
If you can I have to remind you of the quote by the German pastor Martin Niemoller:
“I find myself wondering about that too. I wonder about it as much as I regret it. Still, it is true that Hitler betrayed me. I had an audience with him, as a representative of the Protestant Church, shortly before he became Chancellor, in 1932. Hitler promised me on his word of honor, to protect the Church, and not to issue any anti-Church laws. He also agreed not to allow pogroms against the Jews, assuring me as follows: ‘There will be restrictions against the Jews, but there will be no ghettos, no pogroms, in Germany. I really believed given the widespread anti-Semitism in Germany, at that time—that Jews should avoid aspiring to Government positions or seats in the Reichstag. There were many Jews, especially among the Zionists, who took a similar stand. Hitler’s assurance satisfied me at the time. On the other hand, I hated the growing atheistic movement, which was fostered and promoted by the Social Democrats and the Communists. Their hostility toward the Church made me pin my hopes on Hitler for a while. I am paying for that mistake now; and not me alone, but thousands of other persons like me.”
There are consequences, and if you think that you and your civil rights would be safe in a Trump administration, under a man who has promised to jail political opponents, purge the government of opponents, deport millions, roll back civil rights, order the military to commit war crimes, and curtail the freedom of the press, without a single promise of protecting civil rights for anyone, the you are a fool, maybe a damned fool. If you endorse him, you endorse them. Think about it.